WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's decision to levy tariffs against steel and aluminum imported from Canada, Mexico and the European Union was met with dismay from nearly every industry sector and promises of retaliation from the affected countries.
Representatives of the tire and auto parts industries expressed grave concerns about the president's actions, and even the United Steelworkers union, which generally supports all measures to protect American workers, said steel and aluminum tariffs against Canada were "unacceptable."
Mr. Trump issued two proclamations May 31, going into effect the next day, ending the suspension of 25-percent tariffs on steel and 10-percent tariffs on aluminum imported from Canada, Mexico and Europe.
The administration originally issued the tariffs March 8 under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act, which allows remedial action against imports deemed to present a national security threat.
"Measures are in place to address the impairment to the national security threatened by imports of steel and aluminum from Argentina, Brazil and Australia," a May 31 White House statement said. "At this time, similar measures are not in place with respect to steel or aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada or the European Union."